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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 PM

Brunch Bites: New NOSHables and Brunch for Lunch at Big Jones Restaurant

In this week's latest batch of brunch (and brunch-adjacent) news, The NOSH debuts a new noshable and Big Jones amplifies its lunch menu with a little help from brunch.


Chicago's newest way to brunch is by noshing at The NOSH. The weekly food market in Wicker Park brings together a broad mix of movers and shakers in the city's food scene, amassing a tasty melting pot of eclectic eats for guests to peruse and sample. The roster of food vendors is always shifting, augmenting some weekly staples with newcomers and keeping the roster fresh. It's not brunch in the traditional sense (no bottomless mimosas here), but rather a fun alternative and a unique space to get your fill of weekend morning grub. The latest entry to The NOSH pantheon is Starland, a new restaurant from chef Theo Gilbert of Ripasso and Terragusto acclaim. Starland will dazzle attendees this Saturday with housemade squash cappellacci strewn with brown butter, sage, and amaretti cookies, as well as slow-roasted pork sandwiches with arugula and rosemary oil. Other noshables this weekend include fresh tamales from Mixteco Grill, contemporary Asian eats from Bento Box, and two competition barbecue aficionados: Fat Kat'z BBQ and Head's Red BBQ. The NOSH is free to attend, though dishes obviously cost money. This isn't your living room, guys. It takes place every Saturday at the A.N. Pritzker School playground in Wicker Park from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


One of the world's greatest injustices is that brunch is not an everyday repast like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sometimes you just wake up in the middle of the week craving brunch and all the delicious lethargy that accompanies it. Why should anyone be deprived of this? Thankfully, Big Jones addresses these cravings by adding weekend brunch dishes to its weekday lunch menu, allowing patrons to get their mid-week fill of eggs and griddled goodness. While the restaurant's fried chicken Boarding House Lunch has been madly popular, chef/owner Paul Fehribach has been looking to expand his lunchtime offerings, and where better to turn than brunch? After all, brunch is basically just lunch's sassy, indulgent sibling. For his latest menu additions, Fehribach turned to some of his favorite brunch recipes, including eggs New Orleans, buckwheat banana pancakes, breakfast pozole, and omelettes.


Eggs New Orleans at Big Jones
(Eggs New Orleans at Big Jones. Photo: Big Jones)

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Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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Chef Raul Arreola (ex-Topolobampo, Fonda del Mar) serves up fine moles and other superior sauces at this upscale casual Mexican cafe.


The NOSH is a weekly food market held every Saturday at the A.N. Pritzker School playground in Wicker Park. Created by "Chief Nosher" Alan Kannof, the festival brings together a...


The latest concept from acclaimed chef Theo Gilbert (Terragusto, Ripasso), Starland dazzles guests with a unique brand of locally sourced Midwestern comfort food in a Bucktown space reminiscent of a...




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